Deco-Pak found guilty of corporate manslaughter

Deco-Pak has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after the death of an employee in 2017.  Director Rod Slater has been cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence. Read more

HTA figures show 2021 was an incredibly strong year

The HTA detects a mood of cautious optimism, but says 1/20 jobs are vacant.  Higher inflation and increased wages costs will make 2022 a challenging year. Read more

What are the prospects for 2022?

Since garden centres re-opened in May 2020, suppliers have enjoyed record sales and orders remain high. We ask garden centres what they expect for 2022. Read more

Burks reveals the challenges ahead for the GCA

Mike Burks is soon to pass the chairmanship of the GCA to Tammy Woodhouse.  Before January's conference, he looks back at the association’s achievements through Covid and views the challenges ahead. Read more

Mike Burks

B&M hails strong Xmas results with an extra week’s wages

B&M like for like UK sales were down -6% in the Golden Christmas Quarter but up +14% on pre-pandemic 2019 showing a strong retention of new customers.  Staff will receive a bonus. Read more

Strong Christmas sales for Garden Centres

The HTA reports  sales figures in the last four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve up on 2020 by between 10% and 20%. Read more

Peter Seabrook has died, suddenly

Peter Seabrook, MBE, died suddenly on Friday of a heart attack.  At 86 he was campaigning for UK growers till the end. Read more

Peter Seabrook.  photo: Howard Walker

What are the biggest challenges for Garden Centres?

Omicron, Brexit, inflation, recruitment or will it be the weather? What do garden centres see as the biggest challenges for 2022? Read more

Catering at Haskins

GCA postpones this month’s conference because of COVID

The Garden Centre Association’s annual conference due to start on 23rd January has been postponed due to the ongoing spread of Omicron. Read more

GCA Chairman elect, Tammy Woodhouse

Blue Diamond buys Blackdown GC

Blue Diamond has acquired Blackdown Garden Centre near Taunton in Somerset.  This becomes their 39th site. Read more

CBE for Plant Health Chief

Professor Nicola Jane Horsley, known within the industry as Nicola Spence has been awarded CBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Read more

Nicola Spence

Garden centres hold on to post-Covid gains in November

The GCA Barometer of Trade indicates how garden centres have continued to thrive with a big increase in gifts sales (+19%) in November.  But growth is not even.   Read more

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